Heineken powers brewery using beer destined for the drain

The Heineken brewery at Manchester has found a way to turn pints destined for pub cellars into biogas to help fuel the breweries activity. Just over a year ago, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that pubs were to be shut in the UK due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Twelve months later, they’re still shut. As well as the impact on people’s livelihoods, tens of millions of pints destined for glasses across the country have gone quite literally down the drain. But the Heineken brewery in Manchester says it has found an innovative way to turn this wasted beer into green energy.With The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) predicting around 87 million pints will have been thrown away as a result of pub closures during the Covid-19 lockdowns around the UK  – the equivalent to £331m worth of beer. As part of its Brewing A Better World sustainability strategy, Heineken looked to alleviate the situation. The machine that fills beer kegs destined for pubs has been put into reverse – it’s being used to empty thousands of kegs instead. This beer is then turned into green energy – and using it to power the brewing kettles and canning pasteurisers.

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